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Refugee girl at risk of suicide to be moved from Nauru to Australia after court action

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Exclusive: earlier calls to move 14-year-old were refused but decision reversed as court action began Ben Doherty The Guardian A 14-year-old refugee girl who had attempted suicide on Nauru by trying to set herself on fire will be moved to Australia within days – the eighth child moved from the island following a court order or the… The Australian Border Force had rejected recommendations from doctors on the island to immediately move the girl to an Australian hospital for acute psychiatric treatment ... Read More »

What the Stanford prison experiment really tells us about tyrants

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Nearly half-a-century ago, 24 male students hoping to make some holiday money turned up at Stanford University, California, for what would become one of the most notorious experiments in the field of human… Alison Brown Brisbane Times The volunteers were recruited by Professor Philip Zimbardo and were randomly assigned to be either “prisoners” or “guards” in a mock prison that had been constructed in the basement of the Stanford psychology… Zimbardo’s experiment was supposed to last two weeks but was ... Read More »

Chinese hackers breach ANU, putting national security at risk

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China-based hackers have successfully infiltrated the IT systems at the Australian National University, potentially compromising the home of Australia’s leading national security college and key defence research… Nick McKenzie & David Wroe The Canberra Times Federal government cyber security officials have been working with the university since detecting the cyber attack, assessing the scale of any information theft and who in China could be responsible for… The ANU conducts research that has defence, strategic, scientific, technological and… Chinese hackers breach… Read More »

Memorial for scientist who took his own life

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A public memorial will be held in Perth for Australia’s oldest scientist David Goodall, who died in Switzerland from assisted suicide aged 104. WAtoday Professor Goodall took his own life on May 10 at a clinic near Basel after spending his last days patiently and openly explaining his decision to a huge media throng from around the world. He did not have a terminal illness but said his quality of life had deteriorated. “Even up to, say, the age of ... Read More »

How Not for Profits Can Build Trust and Boost Donations

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Community Sector Banking CEO Andrew Cairns offers three things not for profits can do to build trust and donations. Andrew Cairns ProBono Chat to a not-for-profit leader about challenges and one big one always crops up: how can we maintain donor trust and support in a hyper competitive funding market, when trust for institutions is plunging? It’s obvious why it’s a concern. Australian not for profits are tackling substantial complex crises: rising inequality, increased homelessness, and domestic violence to name ... Read More »

Time to honour a historical legend: 50 years since the discovery of Mungo Lady

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This month we celebrate an event 50 years ago in western New South Wales that changed the course of Australian history. Jim Bowler The Conversation On July 15, 1968, the discovery of burnt bones on a remote shoreline of an unnamed lake basin began a story, the consequences of which remain sadly unfinished today. It’s the story of a legend, the discovery of Mungo Lady, the first in the series of steps that led to the creation of the Willandra ... Read More »

US diplomat bugged by Australia attacks prosecution of spy Witness K

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Peter Galbraith says the prosecution of Australian spy and solicitor Bernard Collaery is ‘pointless’ Christopher Knaus The Guardian A decorated US diplomat spied upon by Australia as he represented Timor-Leste during lucrative oil and gas negotiations has described the prosecution of the two men who exposed the covert operation as “vindictive and pointless”. The former US ambassador to Croatia Peter Galbraith was the lead negotiator for Timor-Leste during 2004 negotiations with Australia to carve up more than $40bn of oil ... Read More »

ABC ban: News Corp rejects media boycott of Nauru forum

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Press gallery says it won’t cover Turnbull’s trip unless public broadcaster gets visa Amanda Meade The Guardian News Corp has rejected a boycott of the Pacific Islands Forum by the Australian federal press gallery, which was sparked by a Nauru government ban on the ABC for alleged “bias and false reporting”. The president of the press gallery, David Crowe, said on Wednesday that the small pool of journalists, including a reporter, a stills photographer and a TV camera operator, would ... Read More »

Monash student, Hazara refugee and human rights advocate wins prestigious Scholarship to Oxford University

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Sitarah Mohammadi was eight years old when she first learnt to read and write. Born in Afghanistan, she was told that girls and women were second-class, they had no rights and that they didn’t need an education. Monash University It was only when she escaped to Australia that she was given the chance to go to school, and to realise just how lucky she was. Growing up as a Hazara refugee in Australia has taught this Monash international relations and ... Read More »

Prawn white spot virus, and how we tracked down its source in Asia

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This week Four Corners aired Outbreak – an investigation into alleged “quarantine failures putting the Australian economy at risk”. Wayne Knibb The Conversation The story in part reviewed how a pathogen known as White Spot Syndrome Virus (WSSV) had decimated prawn farms located along the Logan River in Queensland. Some of my published research was presented as part of this ABC report. These data, with earlier reports, support the argument that Australia’s biosecurity arrangements were breached by WSSV from Asia. ... Read More »

Welcome to a world where your privacy is being sold for billions

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A new Crikey series, edited by technology writer Stilgherrian. Before she’s even awake, Susan is under surveillance. Her sleep tracker recorded a restless night, the third in a row. In a database, somewhere, she’s flagged as being stressed. While she’s reading the news over breakfast, in an automated process that takes milliseconds, an advertiser exploits that knowledge to serve her with an ad for a meditation app. Susan downloads the app. When she starts meditating, both the time she begins, ... Read More »

Is it time for Australian states to step up on asylum seeker support?

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The cruelty of the federal government’s immigration services is well-established, but what’s happening in the states and territories? This is the focus of a new report out today. Chris Woods Crikey Last week, the Department of Home Affairs began rolling out staggered cuts to support services for around 1500 people seeking asylum. The government’s decision to kick people off Status Resolution Support Services (SRSS) — which amounts to $35 per day coupled with some healthcare services — follows years of ... Read More »

Victorians more worried about crime than commute times, survey finds

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Violence in homes and communities and tougher treatment for criminals are among the top issues for Victorians according to a new poll of the nation’s concerns. Noel Towell The Age The Council for the Economic Development of Australia survey explored issues that matter to Australians in an effort to understand whether people feel they are reaping the benefits of decades of prosperity. Despite Melbourne’s growing congestion problems “reduced commuting times” was found to be one of the least important areas ... Read More »

Witness K scandal: decision to charge Timor-Leste bugging whistleblower was ‘independent’

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Attorney general Christian Porter refuses to detail why he approved prosecution of former spy The attorney general has refused to elaborate on why he approved the prosecution of a former spy who revealed Australia had bugged Timor-Leste’s cabinet rooms, describing it as an “independent decision” of prosecutors. Paul Karp The Guardian Independent MP Andrew Wilkie has blasted the government for approving the prosecution and suggested it has leaked information to a journalist to defend its position. On Thursday Wilkie used ... Read More »

What happens when you give up plastic, and is it a lifestyle option for the lucky few?

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Reducing plastics when shopping for food, toiletries and travel products should be easy – so why is it so difficult? Stephanie Convery The Guardian A few months ago, my partner and I went snorkelling off the coast of Indonesia. We dove off tiny deserted islands and swam in the deep with giant manta rays, but what I remember most vividly about that trip was not the stunning coral or dazzling array of colourful, curious fish; it was the sheer amount ... Read More »

ACT excluding asylum seekers from accessing essential services: report

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A new report finds laws and policies in the ACT are excluding asylum seekers and refugees from accessing essential services. Han Nguyen The Canberra Times The report, State of Refuge, to be published Monday by the Liberty Victoria’s Rights Advocacy Project, analysed how state and territory governments were faring in attempts to fill gaps left by the Commonwealth. The report looks into three service areas: education, health, and housing. One of the report’s authors, Julia Wallace, said the report found the ACT was ... Read More »